Aakash Chopra was a bit disappointed with the performance of Ravichandran Ashwin

Aakash Chopra has expressed his disappointment at Ravichandran Ashwin’s overwhelming performance in the Test series against South Africa.

Ashwin only managed to catch three wickets in the 64.1 overs he hit in the three-game series against the Proteas. Two of these scalps were the last few wickets to seal the Indian victory in the Boxing Day Test.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra chose Ravichandran Ashwin’s inability to take wickets in the fourth innings as one of the reasons for Team India’s defeat in the Test series against South Africa. He said:

“Ravichandran Ashwin – there were a lot of expectations from him. In my opinion Ashwin does not take wickets, especially in the fourth innings, I think that has definitely been a downturn.”

The cricketer who became a commentator emphasized that the off-spinner was not consistent enough with the bat either, while hitting to No. 7. Chopra elaborated:

“Jadeja was not there so he was sure to play. He has to hit No. 7 so there will be expectations of races, he also played a good crack, made 46 races. But other than that, he did score races every time – no, he will score races every time – no. “

Ashwin scored 89 runs in his six innings in the three-game series. 46 of those races came with just one stroke in the first round at Wanderers.


“Then you’ll have to pick up wickets” – Aakash Chopra on the match between Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja generally fight for the only spinning spot in overseas tests
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja generally fight for the only spinning spot in overseas tests

Aakash Chopra pointed out that Ravindra Jadeja will steal a march over Ravichandran Ashwin if the latter does not deliver with the ball under overseas conditions. He explained:

“Then you have to take wickets, because that was always the battle between Jadeja and Ashwin. If you have to decide based on batting, then play Jaddu. If you have to decide based on bowling, their performance has been on par.”

What the outcome of this series also establishes / suggests / repeats is that Ashwin is not India’s No. 1 overseas spinner. Jadeja’s Ravindra is. #INDvsSA #SAVE #Ashwin

While acknowledging that overseas courses will not help the spinners much, the 44-year-old added that Ashwin did not manage to make an impression. Chopra noted:

“I was a bit disappointed. I had a lot of expectations from him that he would do something, that he would contribute a little more, whether it was the Johannesburg or Cape Town course. Of course they should not be rank turners, but there was nothing contribution with the ball at all. “

Aakash Chopra was also critical of Ashwin’s work with defensive fields. He added that the captain can not be blamed for it as the veteran spinner has to take the call.


Edited by Sai Krishna

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